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Small business workshop covers grants and contract proposals

The Purdue University Calumet's Commercialization and Manufacturing Excellence Center in Hammond. It will host a workshop on the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs.

Jonathan Miano, The Times

Small business owners interested in landing grants or federal contracts to develop new technology might want to attend an upcoming workshop at Purdue University Northwest's Commercialization and Manufacturing Excellence Center in Hammond.

The facility at 7150 Indianapolis Blvd. will host a daylong workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 1 on the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs that make funding available. Ann Arbor, Michigan-based BBC Entrepreneurial Training and Consulting will teach business owners if they could land federal funding for their technology, what agency would be right and what they're looking for based on past awards.

"The U.S. government makes over $2.6 billion in high-risk, non-dilutive capital available to innovative small companies annually, and BBC consults on the SBIR programs of multiple states, the University of Michigan, Yale, Columbia and other prestigious universities," Commercialization and Manufacturing Excellence Center entrepreneur-in-residence/associate director Mont Handley said. "This 1-day event begins with a half-day class teaching SBIR/STTR program basics, including program purpose, eligibility, sources of funding and tools for proposal development."

The class provides enough information for attendees to determine if they want to pursue a grant or contract proposal, he said. 

The workshop will include a lunch-and-learn on grant writing basics, followed by an afternoon webinar on commercialization planning that will go over how to do market research and the expectations federal agencies have. Small business owners can get one-on-one, 15-minute consultations.

For more information, visit Purdue University Northwest's Commercialization and Manufacturing Excellence Center website at centers.pnw.edu/cmec.

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